Why the Transgender Bathroom Wars Matter

Why the Transgender Bathroom Wars Matter, by Heather Wilhelm. Why all the fuss? What is at stake? It’s more than just bathrooms:

It’s a fight about reality, and whether the government can dictate a certain version of it. …

America’s burgeoning bathroom wars, so silly and banal on the surface, are actually quite deep: They fling together two conflicting, wildly incompatible streams of thought. On the transgender side, identity is everything. If gender is truly fluid, and yet truly knowable, then the denial of one’s gender identity is a hurtful denial of one’s very being or self.

This is also why the bathroom issue provides such a massive spark point: If the government agrees that trans men and women can access the bathrooms of their choice, they are officially validating the view that gender is no more than what you feel or believe it to be. They are ruling this view, in their own way, a fact—and if it’s a fact, can anyone really rightfully disagree?

Postmodernism, “everything is a social construct” and “truth is relative,” came from obscure academics in the 1970s, was taught to arts students from the 1980s, and is now impacting the wider society. The showdown of pomo vs reality has been a long time in the making, but now it’s here:

Unfortunately, the bathroom wars are likely just getting started. The Obama administration has already chosen sides. “This is a good illustration that the fight for civil rights is not over,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the North Carolina law. “The president, every time, is going to be on the side of equality and fairness and justice for every American.”

That sounds great, unless you’re an American with traditional views on gender, your kids are in a public school, and the girls’ locker room has just been declared a gender-fluid zone. Alas, my friend; you simply have the wrong thoughts. Sadly, in some cases, that’s when “equality and fairness and justice” don’t really apply.

UPDATE: Segregated bathrooms of course evolved over the centuries to make most people feel more comfortable (though no rule can make everyone comfortable all the time), and to reduce sexual predatory behavior or plain creepiness. So what do you do when someone with male genitalia walks into a locker room with showering young girls or women and strips off, claiming it is his right to have a look because he identifies female?

Man caught undressing in front of girls at Green Lake locker room:

Seattle Parks and Recreation has confirmed an adult male inappropriately used a female locker room at Evans Pool in Green Lake  … At around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, an adult went into the locker room to change. … Young girls and some of their parents “became alarmed” that the male was changing in the female locker room and alerted the front desk staff. Staff members then “asked the man to leave and offered the availability of a family changing room.” He did not accept the offer. … Perhaps complicating matters, a witness who contacted KIRO Radio indicated this male was wearing men’s clothing as he entered the locker room.